Degree Granting Department
Adult, Career and Higher Education
Waynne B. James
Acculturation, Adult learning, English as a Second Language, Motivational framework,, Sociocultural theory
The purpose of this study was to describe the culturally responsive teaching practices of adult education ESOL and EAP teachers in the state of Florida. Using Ginsberg and Wlodkowski's Motivational Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching, an online survey of 17 teaching practices was developed and validated. In the survey, participants assessed how frequently they used each practice and how important they believed each practice was to their teaching on 5-point frequency scales. The sampling frame consisted of teachers from 15 colleges, 2 universities, 8 school districts, and Bay Area Regional TESOL (BART) and resulted in 134 responses.
Results indicated that the most frequently used practice was "provide rubrics and progress reports to students" (M = 4.26), followed closely by "elicit students' experiences in pre-reading and pre-listening activities" (M = 4.24). The least frequently used practice was "include lessons about anti-immigrant discrimination or bias" (M = 2.51), followed by "students work independently, selecting their own learning activities" (M = 2.76).
Also, results indicated that the two most important practices were "provide rubrics and progress reports to students" (M = 4.13) and "elicit students' experiences in pre-reading and pre-listening activities" (M = 4.13). Five culturally responsive teaching practices were perceived to be the least important. They were "include lessons about anti-immigrant discrimination or bias" (M = 2.58), "learn words in students' native languages" (M = 2.89), "ask for student input when planning lessons and activities" (M = 2.90), "students work independently, selecting their own learning activities" (M = 2.91), and "encourage students to speak their native language with their children" (M = 2.96).
This study revealed a trend of adult education ESOL and EAP teachers' regular use of culturally responsive teaching practices. These findings add to the limited knowledge of how teachers in ethnically and linguistically heterogeneous classrooms create and support a learning environment for all learners.
Scholar Commons Citation
Rhodes, Christy Michele, "Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices of Adult Education English for Speakers of Other Languages and English for Academic Purposes Teachers" (2013). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.